Miss Turkey stripped of crown due to tweet on abortive coup


The victor of Miss Turkey has been stripped of her crown after one of her past tweets came to light.

Be it a well intended tweet that went awry or just bad taste, Miss Turkey 2017 has been stripped of her title.

In her tweet that later triggered controversy she has compared her blood shed in her menstrual cycle with that of the 249 people who lost their lives during the failed coup. "Stating that they removed his crown to Itir Esen, the organizers in addition have only seen the tweet that" after the election".

Runner-up Asli Sumen will now represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China.

"This morning, I had my rules for the celebration of the day of the martyrs of the 15-July. I'm marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs' blood", the beauty queen reportedly said on Twitter.

"It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organization, which aims to introduce and support Turkey in the world, to accept such a post".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cracked down on opposition since the failed coup, firing thousands of civil servants and incarcerating journalists and opposition politicians.

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Can Sandıkçıoğlu, president of Miss Turkey, said: "We regret to inform you that this tweet has been posted by Itır Esen".

Issuing her own statement on social media, she said: 'I want to say that as a 18-year-old girl, I had no political aims while sharing this post.

The verification of the post was confirmed by the Can Sandikcioglu, head of Miss Turkey.

The teenager added: "My family raised me by teaching to respect our homeland and nation".

The 2015 beauty queen was sued for insulting Erodgan on social media.

Buyuksarac was given a 14-month sentence by an Istanbul court last year, but the sentence was suspended on condition that she does not reoffend within the next five years.